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Yves Saint Laurent 1980's Robert Goossens Crocodile Scale Semi-Rigid Choker - Please Read Description

Yves Saint Laurent 1980's Robert Goossens Crocodile Scale Semi-Rigid Choker - Please Read Description

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Yves Saint Laurent 1980's Robert Goossens Crocodile Scale Semi-Rigid Choker featuring a wonderful crocodile scale design by the Robert Goossens, comprising two curved rigid lengths attached to the main feature component in the centre all in crocodile scale pattern.  The choker was missing the distinctive 'S' hook often used by Goossens, so we have added a similar sized 'S' hook so that this beautiful piece may continue its vintage journey.  Worn by Penelope Cruz in the film 'Loving Pablo' this gorgeous choker measures 36cm long with a 7cm extender, it weighs 136.4g and it has a hangtag stamped with the iconic vertical 'YSL' and with 'Made In France' on the reverse.  There is some wear to the extender and hangtag, but the actual necklace is in excellent condition.  This wear along with the replacement 'S' hook is reflected in the price.  A beautiful and iconic piece from the 1980's by the inimitable Monsieur Bijou, Robert Goossens.

The son of a foundry worker, Robert Goossens was born in Paris, France in 1927.  He served a jewellery apprenticeship at a young age, and went on to become an exceptional jewellery designer, earning himself the moniker Monsieur Bijou during his career-defining collaboration with Coco Chanel.  Goossens was well known for his work for Chanel, but he also worked regularly for Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Balenciaga as well as other prominent design houses.  His love of paintings and artefacts in Paris museums heavily influenced his work, which was mostly inspired by Maltese, Byzantine and Renaissance design.  Robert Goossens died in 2016 at the age of 88, and in many people's view, is arguably the greatest costume jewellery designer of all time.


This beautiful piece of jewellery began its journey many years ago and may have some very minor imperfections collected along its travels. By purchasing this piece you will investing in a brand new chapter of its story as well as making a positively conscious choice on sustainable fashion. Vintage jewellery for the beautiful you on our beautiful planet.

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